10.04.2024  LIQUI MOLY HBL

Little northern derby in Hamburg, two coaches face their former clubs

On the eve of the REWE Final4 in Cologne three duels in the LIQUI MOLY HBL are carried out: two table neighbors face in Leipzig, the small northern derby takes place in Hamburg and Sebastian Hinze locks horns with his former club, which is extremely at risk of relegation, in Mannheim.

Friday, 12 April:

SC DHfK Leipzig vs TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (19:00 CEST, live on Dyn and worldwide on HBL TV 

  • Five points currently separate seventh-ranked Hanover from eighth-placed Leipzig. While the warriors lost the last two games against the northern clubs Hamburg and Flensburg, the visitors achieved two wins against Lemgo and in Balingen. 
  • Leipzig have won five of their last six games - the only exception being the defeat in the East derby against Eisenach. 
  • The reverse fixture ended 25:25, the warriors are unbeaten in the last four comparisons against Leipzig with two wins and two draws. In a total of 16 duels, Hannover won six times and Leipzig won seven times. 
  • Before the last two defeats, the Warriors had not lost six games in a row (one draw, five wins). 
  • Before he became national coach, current Recken coach Christian Prokop was coach of SC DHfK. 
  • With 160 goals, Viggo Kristjansson is currently the sixth best scorer in the HBL. 

Rhein-Neckar Löwen vs Bergischer HC (20:00 CEST, live on Dyn and worldwide on HBL TV) 

  • BHC have lost the last eleven games, most recently the bottom line duel against newly promoted Eisenach at home with 27:30 - the gap between the second-to-last and the 16th place is already five points. 
  • Rhein-Neckar Löwen also only managed one win in the last eleven games – the 33:29 against Göppingen on the penultimate matchday. With 22:32 points, the 2023 cup winners are eleventh. 
  • Before he joined the Lions in 2022, Sebastian Hinze was the coach of Bergischer HC. 
  • Löwen won the first leg 31:29, it was the 19th success in the 21st duel; The BHC achieved its only victory in 2022. 
  • The Lions are the eleventh best home team, the BHC the second worst away team – identical to their overall rankings. 
  • Internationally, the Rhein-Neckar Lions are much more successful, being in the quarter-finals of the European League, where they will duel with Sporting Lisbon. 

Handball Sport Verein Hamburg vs THW Kiel (20:00 CEST, live on Dyn and worldwide on HBL TV) 

  • Hamburg have won their last five games, most recently in Hanover (26:25) and against Melsungen (29:22). The reward is ninth place in the table with 24:28 points. 
  • THW Kiel had to bury its trophy dreams with the derby defeat against Flensburg (26:33), but then won against Erlangen and Lemgo. The record champions are fourth in the table with 38:14 points. 
  • In the reverse fixture, HSVH had no chance losing 23:34 in Kiel. Overall, THW won 24 of 31 duels, Hamburg's last win dates back to October 2010. 
  • When looking at the top scorer list, however, Hamburg is ahead: The Dane Casper Mortensen is the fourth best scorer with 185 strikes, Niclas Ekberg has scored 118 times for the THW in his farewell season.

Photo: Klahn